University of California

Agricultural sustainability: An overview and research assessment


Harold O. Carter

Author Affiliations

Harold O. Carter is Director, Agricultural Issues Center, and Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 43(3):16-18. DOI:10.3733/ca.v043n03p16. May 1989.

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Agricultural sustainability has different meanings, depending on the context. But many people share a concern that the current, highly productive agricultural system has become so dependent on agri-chemicals that problems have emerged affecting the environment, food safety, farm-worker safety, and production costs. There are hindrances to change, however, and research on low-energy-input farming is still developing. A broad approach is required, taking into consideration not only the farm production system but also the need to “sustain” society as a whole.

Carter H. 1989. Agricultural sustainability: An overview and research assessment. Hilgardia 43(3):16-18. DOI:10.3733/ca.v043n03p16
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